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CIDB showing large growth

The Cayman Islands Development Bank experienced tremendous growth since its establishment three years ago, the bank's chairman said last week.

Donation earmarked to revamp sports facilities

In a ceremony held at Cayman Corporate Centre Tuesday, Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush was presented with a cheque for CI$50,000 by Charles Parchment, head of the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau's London Office, to be administered by the National Recovery Fund.

Barkers expands

A land acquisition in West Bay has expanded the size of Barkers National Park - the country's first national park.

Candidates speak out on environment

Grand Cayman's landfill site and dredging in the North Sound were hot topics at the final Chamber of Commerce Forum in West Bay Friday evening.

Business opportunity listings launched

The Cayman Islands Investment Bureau has launched a new service to assist businesses in finding alternative sources of financing and assistance for their business ventures.

South Sound dock restored

Repairs on South Sound's public dock were completed last week with the Leader of Government Business, McKeeva Bush, visiting the job site as a Public Works crew put the finishing touches to the project.

CIDB launches new bond

The Cayman Islands Development Bank has announced it is making a public offering of US$12 million of bonds.

Markets takes crafts up a notch

A 10-year-old dream is finally becoming reality for one West Bay man, a dream that will turn local artisans' talents into commercial viability and pride.

FirstCaribbean opens new branch

FirstCaribbean International Bank officially opened its Plaza Venetia Branch Wednesday, 20 April.

Black Pearl lures pros

Tony Hawk, the undisputed king of the skateboarding universe, stamped his approval on Grand Cayman's Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park Saturday. Hawk and several of his professional colleagues from the United States ripped up the course and praised its design.

Botanic Park to re-open Saturday

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Frank Sound will be celebrating its re-opening on Saturday, 30 April with free admission to visitors and a ceremony at 4pm.

Tony Hawk to skate

The grand opening of the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park at Grand Harbour is set for Saturday, 23 April.

New finger pier set to open

The finger pier at George Town's new Royal Watler Cruise Facility is set to open in two weeks.

Cayman’s sun shines in travel press

Following a very successful Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange last week, news is already filtering out to the world that Grand Cayman is rebounding fast as a top tourism destination.

US donates to Cayman’s Shipwreck City project

The Cayman Islands is to be the recipient and pilot for the first donation of a ship from the United States' Maritime Administration (MARAD) to a foreign Government for the Cayman Islands Tourism Association's (CITA) Shipwreck City Project.

Lost City launched on Brac

Cayman's Lost City of Atlantis, an exciting new underwater tourist attraction for divers and snorkellers, was to be launched Saturday evening on Cayman Brac.

Jobs, education top priorities

Economic development and education emerged as top priorities for all seven candidates vying for a seat in the Sister Islands at a public forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Friday in Cayman Brac.

Travel mag awards Cayman six prizes

The Cayman Islands have scooped six top notch awards with an international travel magazine, including Friendliest People and Best All-round Destination in the Caribbean.

New high school for West Bay

Government officials broke ground for the future home of the Beulah Smith High School in West Bay Friday.

Power outage ends WB forum

West Bay candidates at the Chamber of Commerce Forum Wednesday night were just getting warmed up when the lights went out.

BT candidates outline goals, successes

With the slogan 'Vote 2, 7 and 8 and then close the gate,' UDP candidates Mark Scotland, Gilbert McLean and Roy Bodden stated their intentions if elected on 11 May, and outlined their government's past achievements, a public meeting Saturday evening.

Letter to seamen upsets

A letter sent to seamen last week by the Minister of Community Services Frank McField has angered some of the recipients as well as members of the People's Progressive Movement.

Today’s Editorial: A jewel by the sea

The long-awaited Dart Family Park opened in George Town Saturday with more than 1,200 people coming out to witness the occasion.

Government buys park land

Government handed $2 million dollars on Friday to family executors of the late Amon Ebanks, with a pledge of another $1 million to come in June.

UDP launches national campaign

The United Democratic Party launched its national campaign last Thursday night before several hundred enthused followers at the Quincentennial Celebration Park next to the Court House in George Town.

Thousands welcome Dart Park

The Dart Family Park on South Church Street opened with a festive ceremony Saturday in George Town.

Suspects arrested

Royal Cayman Police said yesterday five people suspected in a series of recent shootings have been arrested.

CI Investment Bureau slated in Dubai

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush intends to open an office of the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to help attract financial investment from the area.

New cruise terminal put to test

The completed finger pier of the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal in George Town was put to the test on Thursday when passengers from three cruise ships disembarked at the new facility.

Legislative reform

There must be a happy medium between legislative reform that would open Auditor General reports to the public and government's right to have its say first.

Ms Moyle in bid for North Side

North Side People's Progressive Movement candidate Edna Moyle spent Wednesday evening setting the record straight.

Independence issue made clear

It was very pleasing to read the letter written by LGB McKeeva Bush and published in the Caymanian Compass 23 February, 2005.

Plan for high schools revealed

The groundbreaking for the new high school in West Bay will take place 8 April, the Minister of Education Roy Bodden revealed in an interview Saturday.

Hong Kong welcomes Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands' and Hong Kong's business elite gathered for a reception to celebrate the opening of the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau's Hong Kong office Tuesday at the Mandarin Oriental.

Not pushing independence

I write you in an effort to put right a misconception that may be arising about the United Democratic Party's and my position on the issue of political independence for the Cayman Islands.

Cruise visitor decision vindicated

For many years there have been some in the tourist industry who felt that Government would harm our stay over tourism if we vigorously pursued the cruise ship industry.

ELECTIONS 2005: Nominated name is ballot name

The way a candidate's name appears on the nomination form is the way it will appear on the 11 May General Election ballot.

Bush tours ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’

The Cayman Islands delegation to Dubai, led by McKeeva Bush, Leader of Government Business, was given a private tour Wednesday of the world-famous Palm Island tourism development by Nakheel.

Legislative Assembly adjourns

With a resounding chorus of "ayes" followed by handshakes and hugs across the aisle, the fifth meeting of the 2004/05 session of the Legislative Assembly came to an end Wednesday evening.

Butterfield Bank branches up

A new seven-storey office building is slated for downtown George Town once Government gives its blessing.

Remarks a black eye on CI

The comments of a former British Member of Parliament have angered both sides of the Legislative Assembly and evoked calls for the Governor to clarify the UK's position.

Cayman General, Government settle

The directors of Cayman General Insurance Company and parent company Cayman National Corporation have announced the company reached the full and final settlement with the Cayman Islands Government in the insurance claim relating to Hurricane Ivan.

Cayman welcomes Holiday Dream

Cayman has added another cruise liner to its list of ships calling in to port. On Thursday MSS Holiday Dream of Pullmantur Cruises on its inaugural trip to the Cayman Islands.

Condos, hotels await guests

A strong message has been shouted to the world from New York where Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush told a press briefing that 35 per cent of Grand Cayman's 3,388 hotel and condo rooms are open.

LGB jets off on business

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush has jetted off on a two and a half week business trip to four different destinations around the globe.

Seamen have their home

Many homes in Cayman were built because seamen sent their salaries here, Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush reminded his audience on Tuesday evening.

LGB vows trip down highway to heaven

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush publicly declared an intention to get closer to God Saturday night.

Move made to stop brain drain

The Government reiterated its commitment to key work permit holders Thursday by announcing that the Business Staffing Plan Board recently approved applications identifying people as employees exempted from the seven-year fixed term policy.

Strict teen driving rules OK’d

The Legislative Assembly unanimously passed an amendment to the Traffic Law this week that requires a graduated driver's licence process for those under the age of 20.

Port Authority grievance filed

An official grievance was filed Monday with the Federal Maritime Commission in the United States against the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands by Malvar Freight Forwarding Service of Miami.

Sisters offered helping hand

MLA Lyndon Martin emphasised the economic contribution of his constituency, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, in his debate on the Extraordinary Expenditure Bill on Wednesday night.

EU Savings Directive finalisation near

The final steps of the statutory process for implementing the European Union Savings Directive will soon be taken by the Cayman Islands Government, the Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush told the Legislative Assembly in an address Monday.

Birthday bash

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush held an intimate party for about 2,000 of his closest friends Saturday in celebration of his 50th birthday at West Bay Town Hall Field.

Community spirit acknowledged, rewarded

The Cayman Island Government recognised many for their outstanding performances in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan Saturday evening.

Finance Committee in session

The House concluded debate on post-Ivan supplementary expenditures last night around 9.15. Minutes later, the 15 elected members went into Finance Committee to consider requests in detail.

LGB makes unity plea

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush has urged members of the Legislative Assembly to pull together to rebuild the Cayman Islands.

CIIB Hong Kong office to open in a month

The Cayman Islands Investment Bureau's Hong Kong Office will officially open 15 March.

Concessions help countries grow

Business 101: It takes money to make money. Its a business principal that applies to governments worldwide as well as to private companies.

Added expenditures raise queries

Members of the Legislative Assembly Monday debated a bill to appropriate an extraordinary expenditure of $29.3 million in the 2004/2005 financial year.

Community spirit will be rewarded

The Cayman Islands Government will recognize rescue workers, civic-minded private sector businesses, individuals, and civil servants for their tireless dedication to the hurricane recovery effort this Saturday at a special awards ceremony to be held at Pedro St. James.

Political adversaries come to agreement

Former political adversaries McKeeva Bush, left, and Truman Bodden came to an agreement on something Sunday: that Ernst and Young's Super Bowl party at the Hard Rock Café was a lot of fun.

Legislative Assembly starts Thursday

The fifth meeting of the 2004/2005 Session of the Legislative Assembly will begin at 10 am Thursday.

Leader’s birthday concert to raise relief funds

Friends and supporters of the Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush are throwing him a party with a concert to celebrate his 50th birthday and everyone is invited.

Boatswain’s Beach to open next year

Boatswain's Beach, a forthcoming $44.6 Million marine attraction park development in West Bay, is still set for opening in January 2006.

WB dock contract awarded

Leader of Government Business and Minister of Tourism McKeeva Bush has confirmed a US$3 million contract has been awarded to Misener Marine Construction Inc. for construction of the finger pier at the West Bay Cruise Dock.

Districts get $2M more

The Cayman Islands Cabinet has approved a special $2 million dollar fund to provide hurricane relief assistance to individuals on a district basis, of Government Business McKeeva Bush said yesterday.

Port initiatives now working

The Port Authority is well on the way to implementing fully the eight key initiatives announced in December by the Leader of Government Business and Chairman of the Port Authority, McKeeva Bush.

First trailers occupied

The keys to the first trailers that will serve as temporary homes for those displaced by Hurricane Ivan were given to recipients last Friday afternoon at the Ed Bush Sports Field in West Bay.

Financial services lunch deemed successful

A financial services luncheon held last week in London was deemed a success by guests, organisers and sponsors and is hoped to be the first of many such events targeting relationship building and education in Cayman's key business target cities.

‘Always an inspiration’

Kids who grew up in George Town's roughest neighborhood back in the 1970s didn't hear much talk about graduate degrees and office jobs.

Government sites sought

Cabint has given its OK to find new Government accommodations.

Trailers get occupants

The first nine recipients of travel trailer homes get keys to their new abodes tomorrow.

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